Challenging Walks In Cornwall To Boost Your New Year Fitness

Challenging Walks In Cornwall To Boost Your New Year Fitness

Finally after all those weeks of what felt like never ending rain, the sun has poked its head out and we're loving being able to enjoy being outside again instead of those grudgingly done soggy dog walks! We've put together our favourite challenging walks in Cornwall to boost your New Year fitness. Now let's get those walking boots on and hit the trail...

Lamorna Cove to Porthcurno, 5.4 miles

One of the most beautiful stretches of the South West Coast Path, but also the toughest! Starting in the iconic Porthcurno, you'll have to drag yourself away from the famous views, but don't worry, they just get better. Follow the coast path uphill on the left hand side of the beach (if you're facing the sea) and you'll climb repeatedly up and down a rollercoaster section of the coast path. The best (or worst depending on your outlook!) bits for boosting your fitness are the long climbs of very steep steps in and out of Penberth. But the stunning views on this whole walk more than make up for keeping you out of breath. Keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and if you're lucky, whales. 

Rough Tor & Brown Willy, 5.2 miles

You know a walk to the highest point in Cornwall isn't going to be easy, but it sure is worth it. Pick a clear day so you can really make the most of the views from the top stretching out to see and towards the south coast. From the Rough Tor car park follow the path up and over Rough Tor in front of you, then up again to Brown Willy. Both tors are good steep climbs that will get you huffing and puffing, but the views and feeling of being the highest person in Cornwall are well worth it!

Mullion Cove to Lizard Point, 6.9 miles

A good steep climb out of Mullion Cove sets the tone for this walk! It's all high cliffs, fabulous views and some of the most beautiful coves in the country. There are some good high plateau sections as well for you to catch your breath and pull out that flask of tea, plus you'll pass through the incredible Kynance Cove, the perfect place to tug off those socks and dip your toes for a refresh.

Porthluney to Nare Head, 6.2 miles

The Roseland Peninsula feels like a world away from other parts of Cornwall. It's quiet, off the beaten track for a lot of people and has some of the prettiest, unspoilt views. This walk takes in some of the best bits for you to discover. From Porthluney car park you follow the coast path towards Portholland and Portloe towards the right hand side of the beach.The coast path winds up and down into small coves and quaint fishing villages. The views as you drop into Portloe are postcard (or Instagram!) perfect. Will you discover the cold war bunker on Nare Head?

Tintagel to Boscastle, 4.7 miles

If you can tear yourself away from the mystical castle, then head along the coast path towards Boscastle. This is a walk full of dramatic headlands, narrow rocky coves and magical views. Our favourite bit is dropping into Rocky Valley, where the river gushes over waterfalls and down into the sea. Further on don't miss 'Ladies Window' which is an incredible natural rock window looking out to sea. A bit further on and you'll be rewarded with a welcome at Boscastle and a well earned cuppa.

From backpacks to rain jackets and walking boots, we've got everything you need to get out and explore the coast!